The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter No.2) – Laurell K. Hamilton
Orbit, 2009 (Originally published 1994)
Anita Blake’s day begins with a millionaire who wants to raise the long dead and won’t take no for an answer. Add to that a murder investigation in which the chief suspect is a rogue zombie with a taste for human flesh, and there’s still time for a last minute bridesmaid fittings! Welcome to the life of a modern vampire hunter. Anita is acquiring enemies at an alarming rate, and even the people she trusts most are not all they seem, but she doesn’t have time to panic. All she can hope is that she has enough bullets.
This series has a lot going for it – a hard-headed heroine with no time for supernatural idiocy, a world struggling to legislate for the undead – and though I’m not enjoying another example of the stalkerish behaviour apparently universal to vampires, so far Anita is entirely capable of handling it. Her story continues with Circus of the Damned.